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Lowes Island Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 696 students

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2011:
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Posted October 11, 2014

Condescending staff and Lazy teachers. I have had it with the staff in this school, I've only met one person - office staff - who seems to treat parents as competent equals. I have a very bright student, and now 8 weeks into the school year, after being told the second week "a little time" was needed to get situated and have something available for my child at his level, I asked again last week (for something that should have taken an extra minute of work for the teacher, at most), and was given a very condescending "you'll have to wait" again. Also, the teacher hasn't asked for any classroom volunteers yet. If this teacher is so overwhelmed an unable to help a bright student, why aren't parents being asked to help?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

My son has been going to LIES for 4 years, we have only had a great experience. This year is a bit tough, but his teacher is strict and it by now means represent the atmosphere at school. Overall we have been very happy with this school, and we are looking forward for our youngest son to start kindergarten this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

We have very successfully been through K-5 and now in SRMS and my youngest is in his 3rd year at LIES. We have only had good experiences here. There was one year that was tough only because the teacher pushed on the weakest subject, which turned out to be his best academic year. Many of the newer teachers, despite their lack of tenure, they make up for in enthusiasm and communication to parents. They are much more apt to using email and technology in the classrooms (every class has a promethean board which kids LOVE!). I was concerned as well in seeing the turnover at LIES, but change can be good. And so far we have been very happy and my kids are thriving. And like many things, your satisfaction as a parent can be derived by what you put into it. I am not at the school very often to help with many of the classroom daily events, but make every effort into helping on field trips and special events. I work full-time outside the home and the children whose Moms and Dads stay at home and help with daily classroom activities, we are forever grateful for your volunteerism. Any issues we've had along the way were dealt with and it has prepared my son well for middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

I agree with previous reviews that some of the teachers are prejudiced, there is lot of teacher turnover as a result of ineffective management and a number of newly hired inexperienced teachers. Also, if you are not activitly volunteering at the school, your child maybe negelected and may not get the priviledges that the kids with stay home Moms who are practically at school almost everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

Administration act prematurely and sometimes disrespectful .They only care about their school rank, not students .Very bad experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

Not clear to me why the superintendent and county haven't looked into this school. Bullying is extreme; the principal turns a blind eye. Teacher turnover is out of control. We moved out of the neighborhood because of the weaknesses of this school. Our kids are in another Loudoun school and doing great. Don't move here if you're looking for a good educational experience for your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

This is by far the worst experience I've had with the school system and people. This school only cares about being #1. Being #1 doesn't necessarily mean you are doing great. It's not how you start the race is how you finish. I would like to see how many children from this school end up being doctors, lawyers, noble prize winners, I can probably tell you none. A lot of teachers leave unfortunately not the that should.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

Horrible, horrible school and admin. Most of the teachers are newly hired and very inexperience. Bullying is a normal norm of the students. Some teachers are very Prejudice and, discriminating the kids who don't have American parents. If you are a kind of parent who don't object schools miss-treatment and unfairness, then this is a right school for you . But if one day you break your silence and try to solve the issue peacefully with principal then get ready to be kicked out of the school for good . You have to keep your mouth shout and follow their army rules. We had our child there for 2 years .Kindergarten was not bad, but first grade was horrible experience for my child .She is finishing her second grade at one of the top Gifted and Talented private schools in Virginia and we couldn't be happier. But anyway, bottom line, we thank Lowes Island for our present satisfaction and happiness. If it wasn't for them , we would miss all the joy and happiness that she and us as the parents are experiencing right now:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

A special thanks goes to the great staff and teachers at LIES, the school is one of the best schools in this area. This is my daughters second year at the school and she loves it. The teachers are exceptional, they all work together to help the student. You find a great team spirit if the office, and they do their best to make it a fun experience for all the students. We love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

This is my son's 3d year at Lowes Island Elementary. We are extremely happy with his school, he is always happy to go back there, he is actually upset when he needs to miss a day even because of the sickness. The teachers are very caring, friendly and approachable, the principle and assistant principle are always friendly. We never had any issues or any concerns. The school is very technologically advanced (as far as classrom equipment, etc), very clean, inviting and bright. The front desk ladies, the nurse, councelors - every one is so exceptionally great, I can't say enough good words about them. We have been very very happy with this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2012

This school is very weak in leadership, in other words the principal and assistant principal don`t treat all students and their famiies the same way, and their rules do not apply to all students the same and on a fair basis. They have very friendly appearance at first but if a student can not be perfect in a field, , they just want to get rid of her instead of helping her , just to keep their school on the TOP!! Despite having strong academic curriculum, I had the worse experience for my daughter at this school. Hope county pay attention to these matters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2011

The fact that I grew up myself in Loudoun County I expected this school to be one of the top notch schools in the area. My sons teacher was wonderful until there required some actual effort in assisting his education. Barely through KG we hoped the next year would be more smoother. We spent the first few months adjusting to 1st gr schedule until it became evident that they were incapable of dealing with students that required additional attention. Apparently the only thing this school IS good at is suspension for lack of ability to control a situation. My son was suspend over 6 times for inability to listen or follow rules. We were informed of a way of monitoring the students which never happened. My son was expelled from the school being told he needed to repeat the grade. Switching schools to find out that he was indeed at/above grade level was what we needed to find out that perhaps the lack of desire to deal with semi-problematic students is LIES downfall. If your child requires more attention than the average steer far away from Lowes Island. Their inability to mediate between student and parent is a disgrace to all of the Loudoun County School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

I began my attendance at Lowes Island they year the school opened. I've been through many schools and school districts and Lowes Island and Loudin County schools are by far the best I have experienced. The teacher's involvement in their students education along with their personal investment of devotion to each and every student really sets this school apart. Every education at Lowes Island cares deeply about education and enriching the lives of young people. My teachers and Principal at Lowes Island had a deep impact on me and my education. I would not only send my children to this school, I would proudly teach and work among the faculty and staff at Lowes Island Elementary.


Posted February 16, 2011

We moved to Lowes Island this past year, and were a little worried about how the quality of the elementary school would compare to the private school our children attended last year. I must say, my worries were completely gone within the first few weeks of school. Both of my children's teachers are incredible! They are so warm and attentive, yet command respect from their classes. (Not an easy task with 23-27 kids in a class.) They are also great at giving each kid extra help when they're struggling. It makes me happy to see teachers who still love what they do, as it makes such a big difference in the classroom. I wish the classes were smaller, but the numbers are pretty standard in this area I think. Overall, we're really happy with our experience at Lowes Island so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2010

I am moving to the Lowes Island area and have transfered my children to Lowes Island Elementary. I was so amazed by the front office staff and how helpful they were.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Study tracks commensurate with your child's learning abilities. Tremendous parent involvement. Teachers who genuinely care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

I had two children at the school. For one, it was great, the other we had to put in private school because the administration didn't handle serious bullying issues in the classroom. If your child is at all at risk for being bulled, you must AVOID this school at all costs. Also, there is a serious amount of teacher turnover, which says to me that the teachers know there is a problem with the administration. Teachers have even told me that they know the principal is weak and ineffectual -- basically "retired in place." This may have been a great school before its current prinicipal took over. It's not a great school now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Very disappointed in how the administration handles teachers that don't make the grade and there are quite a few of them. Very snobby parents that think their children can do no wrong even when they're told that their child is bullying another. It's always 'not my child.' Doesn't seem to be any consequences for actions at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

There are many great teachers at this school. Having said that I must now say that I have a proplem with the administration. One of my children was being bullied and having problems. The Admin made many blunders but the final straw occured when the Guidance Councelor was called to the room twice in one day regarding bullying incidents perpetrated against my child. We recieved a call 4 days later. We have moved from this community that we love due to lack of trust in the admin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I have 3 children at Lowes Island. The principal is second to none. He is present at all functions and active in the kid s school lives. The kids love him. The teachers are great. Most are young and full of energy. They work hard and are always available. Children are challenged and disciplined. The Admin staff is responsive and friendly. I am so happy we live here. The kids are doing great. We have a very active parent population. This is very stable and desirable neighborhood and school that places an emphasis on education. The area is well-off and high-end, yet folks are down to earth and not snobby.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students79%
Female students72%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students95%
Female students94%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students79%
Female students78%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students78%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students86%
Female students81%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students93%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students98%
Female students96%
Male students99%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

Math

All Students92%
Female students90%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students96%
Female students93%
Male students99%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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